Nemtsov Arrested, Again!
Last time, just weeks ago, former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was arrested for signing an autograph. This time, his crime was far more serious: Waving a Russian flag. World-renown human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov was also arrested.
Nemtsov was arrested by Vladimir Putin’s jack-booted goons once again last week, before he could even set foot at the site of a demonstration in support of the Russian flag. Yuri Schevhuk, the Russian Bruce Springsteen, was forced to sing at the demonstration without amplification after Putin’s goons blocked his speakers from reaching him.
Despite this neo-Soviet harassment, a stunning crowd of more than 2,000 protesters (some say 3,000 and some say 5,000) gathered on Moscow’s Pushkin Square, right in the heart of the city, and the scene echoed with their shouted demands for Putin’s resignation and Shevchuk’s heartfelt songs of freedom.
Nemtsov’s words also echoed behind him after his arrest: “It’s just beyond my comprehension. Only authorities who feel themselves to be Stalin’s successors fear their own flag.”
Nemtsov grows bolder as Putin grows weaker. We have documented failure after humiliating failure by the Putin regime in recent weeks, and now Nemtsov is openly, publicly comparing Putin to Stalin. In Putin’s eyes, of course, that may well be a compliment. But in the eyes of the civilized world, Putin is increasingly unmasked as the aggressive, bloodthirsty, nasty, wicked little demon that he is.
Barack Obama, craven little coward that he is, continues his silence, though, apparently afraid to lift a finger to speak up for American values in Russia or for those who would risk their lives depending on them. We are ashamed, truly ashamed, to call him our president. He should resign.